Ms Naoko UEDA is Deputy Director of the Development Centre.
Ms. Naoko UEDA took up her duties as Deputy Director at the OECD’s Development Centre on 14 July, 2016. As one of two Deputy Directors, Ms. Ueda supports the Director in establishing the strategic directions and implementing the Programme of Work of the Development Centre, ensuring that the Centre’s analysis and advice remain at the forefront of policy thinking and produce results. As a member of the OECD senior management team, Ms. Ueda works towards the achievement of the Strategic Orientations of the Secretary-General.
Ms. UEDA is responsible to provide leadership to strengthen the Centre’s engagement and impact with Asia, as well as in several thematic areas such as social cohesion, gender, production transformation, and assisting developing countries in their efforts to achieve the SDGs.
Ms. UEDA, a Japan national, has an extensive career in global development both in Japan and in overseas. Prior to her current work, Ms. UEDA served as Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) during 2014-2016 and contributed to the work on development of air transport in the efforts of achieving the SDGs. During 2011-2014, Ms. UEDA was a Principal Deputy Director and Senior Negotiator for Climate Change Division and Senior Negotiator for Global Development Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. During 2007-2011, Ms. UEDA was Senior Advisor in the Partnership for Democratic Governance and Senior Policy Analyst for Development in the Heiligendamm-L’Aquila Dialogue Process Support Unit in the OECD. Prior to that, Ms. Ueda was Deputy Director and Unit Chief for the Development Assistance Committee, Aid Policy Planning Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Ms. UEDA’s field experience in development includes her posting in Zimbabwe during 1999-2002.
Ms. Ueda holds a Master of International Development Studies, with a focus on Development Economics from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and Foundation for Advanced Studies in International Development, Tokyo, Japan; and a Master of Arts, majoring in International Politics and Political Economy from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.